Steve Williams: On The Record
Few would disagree that Steve Williams is the best caddy in the golf world today – and maybe the best of all time.
You don’t work for players of the ilk of Adam Scott, Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Raymond Floyd and even Ian Baker-Finch if you don’t know what you are doing.
2014 will be the last year on the bag for caddy Steve Williams (Credit: Anthony Powter)
And no-one has been able to do “it” like big Kiwi Steve Williams.
So after four decades on, or near the top, Williams decided the time was right to put the cue in the rack.
While he admitted he felt he was ready to quit after guiding Scott to the popular Queenslander’s first major championship, the 2013 US Masters, Williams has bowed to the advice of good friends and will continue to carry Scott’s bag for the defence of his title and the rest of this season before he begins to cut back and spend a lot more time in his native New Zealand.
Williams contends we may not have even seen the best of Adam Scott yet.
“Having watched Tiger play at a level that arguably no one has ever played and then to come to Adam, who has a lot of talent, I think Adam is capable of playing at a level even greater than what he’s doing,” Williams said in a recent interview.
“Working for Tiger has helped me working for Adam, there’s no two ways about it.”
Williams explained how he came to give “notice” that he was ready to retire.
“After Adam won the Masters, everyone from his team got invited to the club to celebrate,” he said.
“That’s not really my kind of scene, so I was driving back to the house we’d rented for the week. I called my wife, and Greg Norman called me, too.”
“The first thing that crossed my mind after all that was, ‘That was it for me.’”
“I went to caddy for Adam with the intention that I wanted to get him over the line in a major championship – and it happened.”
“I thought that was the perfect way to end my career. Something tells you that’s the moment; it’s time to do something else.”
“Deep, deep, deep inside me that’s what I wanted to do, was never be seen again caddying.”
“I’d made up my mind and my wife agreed with me.”
But Williams did admit he had an incredible will-to-win. And that just might be enough to guide Scott to another major championship in 2014.
And with Williams on the bag!